Irish Archbishop pays tribute to Charles Haughey

Source: Irish Catholic Media Office

Following the news of the death of Ireland's former Taoiseach, Mr Charles Haughey, Archbishop Sean Brady, Archbishop of Armagh, issued the following statement: I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mr Charles J Haughey. Mr Haughey was an able and talented politician who did much to promote the interests of Ireland and her people. As a cabinet minister and Taoiseach he was a reforming politician and he had considerable success in introducing measures to take care of the less well off and disadvantaged in our society. Mr Haughey will also be remembered for pioneering public utility allowance schemes and free transport for the elderly. As Taoiseach, he played a significant part in initiating good relations with Britain as a key factor in resolving the political problems of Northern Ireland. We remember in our prayers today his wife Mirn, daughter Eimear, his sons Conor, Ciaran and Sean, his brother Fr Eoghan Haughey OMI and his wider family. Ar dheis D go raibh a anam